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Rick Washington, a 54-year-old Temple Hills resident, watched the March for Life pass him buy from a busy spot alongside the National Gallery of Art. Washington, a graphic designer, was there to hawk mementos more fitting Tuesday’s National Mall crowd—-full-color 2009 calendars featuring photographs of the Obama family.
Washington insists his gear was still selling well. “As far as I can tell, he ain’t falling one way or another [on abortion],” Washington said of the newly minted president.
Washington himself was having trouble picking sides. When pressed, Washington identified as “anti-abortion,” then as “pro-choice,” then back-tracked to lay out his own abortion philosophy. “Nobody can tell you what to do. Only God can tell you what to do with your life,” he says. “Even Obama, he can’t tell you what to do about anything. He’s only a man, after all.”